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About Core de Roma - West Chester

Core de Roma Trattoria is a casual BYOB, intimate, family owned Trattoria, offering authentic Roman cuisine while upholding the best of Roman tradition. Some examples of our mouth watering Roman delicacies include our signature Artichokes alla Core de Roma, Saltimbocca, and Bucatini alla Matriciana. Contrary to what some people say, we spelled our name as "Core de Roma" intentionally, meaning "The Heart of Rome" in our family's dialect. Our ultimate goal is to make all of our customers feel like family through our cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and home-made dishes. At Core de Roma you can expect the true heart of Rome in the heart of West Chester.

327 E. Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm;
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm;

Cross Street:
Adams Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 701-8485

Website:
http://www.corederoma.us/

Catering:
We can customize catering upon request.

Parking Details:
The restaurant has his own parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Papa Gigi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Core de Roma - West Chester Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (11)
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Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We arrived at 7 and still no food at 8:40 and they told us there was a problem in the kitchen and one more table needed to be served before me. The only person who handled this bad situation with us was the server, Bridget. We left without food

Will not go back

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I went to dinner at Core de Roma for New Year's Eve. We have been here many times and the restaurant never disappoints. Reservations are suggested, especially on the weekend. Being a BYOB is very nice. The restaurant can get a bit noisy during busy times. The owner met us at the door and brought us to our table and chatted with us for a minute. He also stopped by our table during our meal to make sure that everything was going well with our dinner. It's certainly a nice touch. He is from the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome which explains why the food is so authentic and the menu is northern Italian cuisine.

Being that it was NYE, we had a choice of a Prix Fixe menu or a limited menu with great choices. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. I had Matriciana and my husband had Ravioli with crab and lobster. Our waitress was very attentive and we never felt rushed. Dining at Core de Roma was a great way to spend New Year's Eve! We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Authentic homemade Italian. Staff was amazing...felt like we were part of their family - and we were a party of 11!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome food and service! Home cooked Italian food at its best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a family of 10 celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food is priced a little high but it was well prepared. I was disappointed to be seated right inside the door in the bar area. But it was quiet, which was important given elderly parents were with us and wanted them to be able to hear the conversation. Also they had only one waitress and one chef that night, so it took over an hour to get ur food after ordering. And the waitress was good but didn’t have enough time to be attentive to our table. I think this would be better for a couple going on a date night with no other destination afterwards (e.g., a movie).

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great atmosphere for a date! Wonderful food and service. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice Italian dinner in West Chester!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very quaint , we will be going back,the food was very good with friendly service. have some patience the food is fresh . Thanks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Love their food. Brought my parents there for the first time and they loved it as well. I ordered their special osso bucco pork.....OMG so good! Their Cesar salad is delicious! My dad ordered the core de Roma special....Veal and crab with spinach and cheese.
The service is fantastic and the owners really care and appreciate the business.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best service I have ever had. The owner and his wife were amazing. They came over and talked to us and were so welcoming. The food was also amazing. We went for my dads birthday and they even brought him a free piece of cake and biscotti for the table! Everything was home made and just amazing. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love Core de Roma. Authentic delicious food, friendly staff, always a success!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful BYOB. Excellent food and great service. We were never rushed and enjoyed our conversations.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Have been there many times before. Waited over an hour for our entrees. We’re told they were short handed. Waitress seemed angry and food was so so... will give them another chance and am hoping they will lift their standards.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always great! Delicious Italian food including pasta, chicken and fish dishes. Service is always excellent and love BYOB.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best. Italian. Period. Joe is the man!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I made a reservation for 8 of us for dinner after the West Chester University Holiday Concert. Not knowing how long the concert would run, I made the reservation for 5:30. When the concert ended at 4:15, I called the restaurant to see if we could just head over. They were fine with it once I explained why the change.

We arrived at the very unassuming building- a little strip mall type of building. The decor felt dated, and the place was completely empty upon our arrival. I'll admit that I got a bit nervous, but that feeling quickly subsided when our server greeted us in a friendly manner and was very knowledgeable about the specials and the menu. Being Italian myself, I know good home-cooked Italian food so restaurant food can be tricky for me. Admittedly, I'm a tough customer. We were all very happy with our food- especially the salmon special and the pork osso bucco. Everything was well prepared but these dishes were stand outs. We also ordered dessert and coffee- both of which were terrific. And the BYOB is the way to go. I tend to look for byob restaurants when we eat out.



I'm not sure when we will be in West Chester again but I'd eat here again if we are in town.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Good service good food

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service, apps were fantastic. Veal was tough though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always a great comfort meal. Joe is an excellent waiter and visits to the table from Luigi make you feel right at home

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have dined at Cora de Roma a number of times, and it has always been very good. I usually order veal or fish, and it's always cooked to perfection. It's our go to place in West Chester.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

6 of us all enjoyed our dinners, portions are generous. BYOB is a awesome perk to keep costs moderate for customers. This was a second time having having dinner at this restaurant and I would highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband ordered the tripe dish as he had done many times before. This time I think the waitress misunderstood when she asked him if he wanted it as a meal or an appetizer. He said meal please with spaghetti. The end result was a dish of spaghetti with tiny bits of tripe throughout. We are still planning on coming back to give it another try. We did not say anything that night because we were with other people who had to leave. Normally, the meal is full of tripe in a reddish brown gravy. Thanks

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was delicious and severs very nice but it took a long time for food to come out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious and creative presentation and the home made bread is beyond delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant where you can count on the best food... done to perfection. The service is wonderful and friendly. We like that it's BYOB.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our table was ready even though we were early which was wonderful. Our waitress Katie was sweet, very attentive, and accommodating!! The meatball appetizer is to die for and did not disappoint. Unfortunately the gravy on that app is not the gravy that comes on the pasta dishes. The regular red sauce is thin and not very flavorful. I ordered the Core de Roma with veal and chose to have capellini as the side which made this meal $30! Unfortunately it was very disappointing ... the lump crab tasted fishy and the veal had the consistency of a pressed ground patty. The capellini was delicious and tasted homemade but again the gravy did not add to the flavor. We will go back again since it is a BYO but I think I will get a pasta dish with the meatball app on the side and ask for extra gravy.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants! Highly recommend to all.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The dinner was delicious. Invited friends from out of town and they raved about the service and food. Best Italian meal they had ever had!! Thank You!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The best Italian food I’ve been served in quite some time! The artichokes appetizer and the homemade bread were a great start and it only got better. Everyone said their dish was the best until they tried something else! All the food was fresh top quality ingredients properly served. Our servers were friendly, well informed and quick to provide any requests. The owner was very attentive and stopped by frequently. We plan to go back often

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Consistently excellent traditional Roman cuisine in an intimate atmosphere with personal service from the staff. The stuffed artichoke appetizer and Bolognese sauce are tremendous! I was devastated when their South Street location closed and am thrilled that they were resurrected in West Chester!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Romantic dinner

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always a great meal ! Fabulous family business. Best pasta in town.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My husband and I went to Core de Roma to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We had a great waitress(Kate) who was very efficient and attentive but not overbearing.
We shared the delicious roasted artichoke and a salad.
We each had a pasta entree that was outstanding.
An excellent dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

BYOB, yeah!!!
All-of us had a wonderful dinner. All were pleased with our appetizers and main course, prices are fair. Service was good and owner charming.
However, we feel that the desserts and coffee were priced high.
We will come back, but will pass on coffee and dessert which was $38 total.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious! Everyone was very friendly and the service was great. Will definitely be back again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We will be back! All meals were very good and we ordered different entrees: gnocchi, scallops with risotto and veal with lump crab meat. The artichoke app is a must.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent service and food. We certainly will be back again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

There's a reason people rave about the roasted artichoke hearts. They are excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were greeted very warmly by the owner, GiGi. He talked to use while we were seated, telling us about where he was from and what he recommends. He made it clear that they would do their best to accommodate allergies. He took great pride in his restaurant.
We sat in the front room, which was much quieter than the back room. They asked us ahead of time which room we would prefer.
The restaurant was comfortable and had beautiful fresh flowers throughout.
My husband had a veal dish which he said was delicious. I had a salad special with pineapple, fresh mozzarella and balsamic with a side of meatballs. Both were large portions that I had to take home.
We enjoyed our night. Place feels comfortable and homey but romantic at the same time. We definitely recommend.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food at this place is divine! The bruschetta was fresh and just like something from Rome! The portions are plentiful and there is a nice variety on the menu. You can't go wrong with anything! It's a BYOB..

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food and service were great as usual! Homemade deserts were delisious. Had braciole with pasta was very good. Will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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